When & How to Create a Wired Residential Network

By: CableOrganizer®

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Broadband and the use of on demand music, movies and TV have greatly expanded Internet connectivity within homes. While wireless Internet is an attractive option, some limitations might exist if a house was constructed with foil-faced insulation, which can have an adverse effect on wireless signals.

A wired data network system may help in these cases, with copper wire the ideal choice to save you money — and possibly a few headaches down the road.

If you have never installed a data network before, don't panic; it is as easy as any other wire-based system, especially since the main cable types commonly used are Cat5e and Cat6 network cables.

A non-standard infrastructure will limit the flexibility, future upgrade potential and usability of the installation. If you partner network cabling with other standard cables, you will start to establish a reliable wiring framework for the systems and will keep data secure and robust.

A proper wiring infrastructure will save you money in the long run. Of course, it is possible with a wireless system, but latency (data transfer) is improved over wire; and you will get fewer problems with slow buffering.

Before beginning any wiring job, consider the cost, obtain a proper design and implement a structured wiring system. Adopting a methodical approach to running network cable around the home is also key. Once you have selected the right cable for each room, terminate them with one of several specialty tool sets available from CableOrganizer®.

Place the wiring module — the heart of the system — where the main services enter the home. From there, feed the systems wiring out to various locations. There are generally different types of cables directed into it from various antennas. These are then split out to rooms throughout the home, via runs of the appropriate cables, installed to each room's break-out point. Network cables enable a significant number of output options from that point, depending on how wires are connected back at the wiring module — and terminated in the room.

Shop at CableOrganizer® for Network and Ethernet Cables, as well as other cable management products, to help make your wired data network project a reality.

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